The AHWA Mentor Program offers AHWA members the opportunity to learn more about their craft and improve their skills by working one-on-one with a Mentor for a set period. The things a Mentee can learn in a mentorship can range from pitching a story idea, drafting a novel or publishing an e-book, depending on the available Mentors in the program.

Mentoring is a two-way learning experience, benefitting both parties in a variety of ways. The benefits can be personal: for the Mentor, the ability to pay it forward, or for the Mentee, a bolstering of confidence, or getting a piece of work to a higher standard. There are many benefits, and each mentorship will experience different things.

The more a Mentee puts into their mentorship, the more they will learn.

The Mentors for the 2017 program are: Lee Murray, Alan Baxter, Kaaron Warren, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Deborah Sheldon, Greg Chapman and Charles Lovecraft – Full Biographies available here.

Mentor Shane Jiraiya Cummings will offer two co-editorships (one for 2017 and one for 2018) in this year’s Mentor Program.

Application Forms

Midnight Echo co-editorship applications can be accessed here, and all other applications can be accessed here.

Applicants will be able to apply for a mentorship AND a co-editorship, but will only be eligible to be offered one placement in this year’s program and are asked to consider this when applying.

Please review the Program Guidelines and the Mentor bios prior to applying and remember, only send in your best work.

The AHWA wishes you the best of luck with your application moving forward. If you have any issues what-so-ever please do not hesitate to contact the Mentor Program Coordinator Louise Zedda-Sampson at